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Pharmaceutical company recalls potential personal injury threat

It is not uncommon for manufacturing companies in Florida and elsewhere to outsource some of their processes to increase production or for many other reasons. It remains the responsibility of the company owner to ensure that procedures at the third-party's manufacturing facility meet the high standards required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulators. If any issues of personal injury arise due to improper procedures followed at the subcontractor's premises, the manufacturing company may be held liable.

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recently announced a recall of some of its atracurium besylate injections in various sizes and both single and multi-dose vials. The drug is used to relax skeletal muscles during surgery, and it also facilitates endotracheal intubation for mechanical ventilation. The voluntary recall follows observations by the FDA that the manufacturing process failed to adhere to required standards, by which sterile products should be handled in a manner that will not compromise sterility. It was also noted that GMP standards were not maintained.

Study suggests that Zofran may cause birth defects

It is only natural for women who are pregnant to be concerned about the health of their unborn children. While they may need medication for various health issues during pregnancy, expectant mothers in Florida want to feel confident that their doctors would not expose them to dangerous or defective drugs that may cause birth defects. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently published the results of a study into the dangers posed by an anti-nausea drug often prescribed to expectant mothers.

The study found that eight in every 10 women who are pregnant suffer nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP). Although there are other drugs deemed safe for use during pregnancy, the study determined that as many as 1 million pregnant women are prescribed Zofran, branded or generic, annually. Zofran is a product developed to treat nausea in cancer patients and to prevent vomiting in those who suffer post-surgery nausea.

Family Dollar Stores recall toy that poses personal injury hazard

Florida consumers likely agree that shopping for toys for their children, or for gifts for someone else's children, is becoming more difficult as time passes. Dangerous toys that have the potential to cause severe personal injury are the subject of multiple recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, potential dangers often only become apparent after toys have been bought and unpacked.

A recently announced recall involves a toy targeted at young boys. It is a plastic auto carrier with six toy cars in the trailer. According to the recall, the cars are die-cast metal and have reportedly dangerously sharp edges. Although no incidents of lacerations or other injuries had been reported at the time of the announcement, the recall is a proactive act to prevent children from being injured.

Alleged toxic contents in chocolates can lead to personal injury

Chocolate lovers in Florida may want to take note of the allegations made by a consumer health protection organization that many chocolates contain unsafe metals. Notice of intention to take legal action was recently filed against Mars, Hershey's and See's Candies. The organization claims that the manufacturers failed to provide a warning on the product labels of the personal injury threats posed by their products.

The organization states that extensive tests on 42 different chocolate products revealed that almost two-thirds contained dangerous levels of cadmium and/or lead. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) says exposure to the highly toxic cadmium can lead to cancer and cause damage to various systems in the body. The affected systems include neurological, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, along with reproductive, gastrointestinal and renal systems.

Potentially dangerous supplements could cause personal injury

Due to consumers wishing to live healthier lives, the taking of supplements has become an essential part of the daily health routines of many consumers. Florida residents may want to take note of a recent report stating that GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart were cited because DNA testing found that many of the health supplements sold by these stores did not contain the herbs shown on the product labels. In fact, it became apparent that some capsules actually contained fillers and other herbs that could cause personal injury and were not related to what was stated on the labels.

In addition to the failure to improve a consumer's life and health in any way, these products could pose a significant health hazard to those who are sensitive or allergic to the fillers used. Even more concerning is the recent discovery that a company that markets its health supplements via the Internet under the name of Detox Transforms is in violation of the Federal Food, Drugs & Cosmetic Act. It was determined that this company markets health supplements containing prescription drugs.

Silicone infant feeders recalled due to personal injury risk

While innovative ways are constantly found to make the lives of parents easier, such new products may pose safety risks to small children. The dangers and potential to cause personal injury are often discovered by consumers after colorful packaging and well-planned marketing campaigns informed them about the many benefits of a product. By the time a product defect is recognized, the lives of thousands of babies may be in danger. Florida parents may want to be on the lookout for a dangerous product that was recently recalled.

The product was offered on a number of websites between May and September of last year. The product is a handy little silicone gadget, called PouchPop Toppers, which is screwed onto baby food pouches. This allows infants to feed themselves. The toppers were presented in colorful packs of four, and consist of a round base with a cylindrical tube attached. The base shows a smiley face and a "SipP" logo.

Toyota found partially to blame for wreck caused by auto defects

Florida residents are likely aware of the Toyota Camry defect that has caused unexpected acceleration and led to massive recalls of particular vehicles. In 2006, a driver of a Toyota Camry in another state smashed into the rear of a vehicle that was stationary at a traffic light. Three of the occupants of the other vehicle died, including a father and his son and daughter; others, all part of the same extended family, suffered personal injury. The driver of the Camry was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in 2008 and sent to prison for eight years. The driver claimed the accident was caused by auto defects.

When Toyota started recalling large numbers of Camry models due to acceleration defects in 2009, the incarcerated man's attorneys decided to take another look at his case. After spending more than two years in jail, the man was free to return to his family when charges were dismissed by prosecutors in 2010. Together with the surviving family members of those who died and were injured in the accident in 2006, the Camry driver and his family filed a lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp.

Recall of uninspected imported pork due to personal injury threat

Whenever food products are imported into the U.S., they are subject to inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the point of entry into the United States. There are strict standards, and products that are not inspected could cause personal injury that may include various health consequences. A Florida importer of meat products recently had to initiate a recall when a meat shipment was not presented for inspection upon entry into the country.

The company is based in Key Biscayne. It recalled more than 3,200 pounds of ham that was cured in another country. The recalled meat products were part of six shipments and all include sell-by dates between June 19, 2014 and Dec. 10, 2015. The FSIS explained that a routine inspection of data relating to imports led to the discovery of the uninspected meat products.

Country-wide food recall due to personal injury threat

Consuming any form of peanuts can have severe consequences for people with peanut allergies. Researchers are continuously working on a way to cure peanut allergies in order to reduce the number of personal injury incidents, and even deaths, that result from the consumption of peanuts by sensitive consumers. It was recently reported that small amounts of peanuts have been found in numerous food items that are readily available. Florida residents who are allergic to peanuts may want to take extra care because the product labels of many peanut-containing products have no warning or other indication of the presence of peanuts.

Toward the end of 2014, Adams Flavors, Foods and Ingredients recalled some products after learning from a spice provider that there was the possibility that there were undeclared peanut proteins in the cumin it supplied to the company. This recall was followed by the discovery that thousands of products in supermarkets may be contaminated by peanut proteins. Affected products include a seemingly unlimited list of seasoned products, as some level of peanut contamination was found in spices used to season products such as beef, pork, chicken, hummus and more.

Baby wipes recalled due to personal injury risk to some

Florida parents rightfully expect manufacturers of children's products to ensure that their products would not pose unnecessary risks of harm. Regardless of whether they are toys, furniture, clothes or hygiene products, sufficient care should be taken during the design, manufacture and distribution to avoid personal injury to children. While the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are always on the lookout for dangerous products, recalls often occur long after dangerous products were first introduced to the consumer market.

A children's product that poses a threat to the health of babies was recently recalled by a manufacturer of baby wipes. The product is produced by Nutek Disposables, which is based in another state. After complaints about discoloration and odor, microbial tests determined that B. cepacia bacteria were present in some products. While the bacteria do not pose a significant risk to the healthy, those with compromised immune systems or general poor health may be adversely affected.

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